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date: 06 December 2019

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This article focuses on the sermons preached at courts and estate and parliamentary meetings from 1689–1789. These sermons were not only—or even primarily—religious texts. They were essentially a political act reflecting the norms, values, attitudes, and opinions that prevailed in a particular political culture, where the preacher served the state by performing the role of a popularizing political theorist. Political sermons at court and in Parliament were used to define the collective political and social values of the community—or at least to propagate those of the majority of its current rulers. They could be used to deliver partisan messages to promote the politico-religious cause of the group whom the speaker and some of the audience represented.

Keywords: political sermons, courts, estate meetings, parliamentary meetings, preaching, preachers

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